I’m privileged and grateful to have been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to participate in the 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. The Fulbright research grant allows me to be on the ground, in country, on site in Beijing for nine months to explore the contemporary art world and to probe the complex environment that surrounds it. The research will inform and deepen the story to be told in my documentary film project.
Beyond financial support, the Fulbright program connects me with a vast network of scholars whose interest in cultural exchange and international studies will be an important resource into the future. Already, I have found synergies with several researchers in my cohort who are investigating contemporary art, urbanization, and modern history in China. It’s an energizing experience to share cultural interests and discoveries with fellow grantees.
Please note: My comments on this website are entirely my own and do not represent the views of the U.S. State Department, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the Institute of International Education. or any other parties related to the Fulbright program. I do hope my work in some small way helps to advance cultural understanding among Americans and citizens of other countries.